The waves broke over the bow of the ship flooding the deck and knocking the sailors from their feet.
Most of them had been fishermen their whole lives and knew the sea and knew how make a ship dance across its waves driven by harnessed winds, but today was different. The sea was wild and the waves angry and the winds threatened to tear the ship apart.
The greatest sailor among them, Peter, clung to a rope and yelled at the others to secure the lines and bail the water. He had to look up to the see the crests of the waves as they tossed the small ship. They were as mountains made of seawater. He could hear the timbers creak and knew that soon the ship would come apart.
“What shall we do, Peter!” James screamed above the storm.
Peter, the experienced sailor and fisherman, said, “Wake the Rabi! He will know!"
James stared at him for a moment through the seawater that poured down across his face. “The Rabi? The Rabi was a carpenter!”
“Wake the Rabi!” Peter shouted.
James and some of the other disciples went to the rear of the boat, where the Rabi was sleeping on a cushion. They woke him crying, “Teacher! Don’t you care that we are about to perish!”
Jesus awoke and stood up groggily. Standing by the rail, he looked at the storm and waves, yawned, and said: “Peace. Be still.”
…and the waves died and the furious winds became a whisper, and the sun broke through the clouds.
Jesus looked at them all, and with sadness said, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have so little faith?” Then he returned to the cushion and went back to sleep.
The disciples stood on weak legs with seawater dripping from their sore muscles looking at one another. Then one of them spoke softly, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
That is my dramatization of Mark 4:35-41. I would like to point out something that many people miss:
Where was Jesus sleeping? In the rear of the boat.
What’s in the rear of the boat? The rudder.
What does the rudder do? It steers the boat.
Jesus was in control the entire time.
Peter and the others did all they could do to keep the ship right, but to them all looked hopeless. It was then that they cried out to Jesus for help. However, they didn’t need too. In verse 35 Jesus tells them, “Let us go over to the other side.” No matter what the storm is in your life, He will see you through to the other side, just have faith, and believe it.
If Jesus is in control of your boat, you will never sink.
THINK ABOUT IT!